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Classy china: Fun but elegant place settings for the modern hostess

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China selections for the modern couple

If you like to host dinner parties, a nice set of china will serve you well. You don’t have to settle for same stuffy floral patterns that filled your grandma’s china hutch — the modern hostess of today has tons of fun, yet classy patterns to choose from when shopping for china.

Royal Doulton, Trendsetter

The Trendsetter pattern by Royal Doulton is perfect for the modern couple. It's not too fancy and not too casual — perfect for just about any occasion. The white, fine bone china is decorated in an art deco style with platinum details. The swirls and raised dots are slightly different on every piece, making it easy to mix and match.

Royal Doulton, trendsetter

Lenox, Watercolors Indigo Blue

The Watercolors Indigo Blue place settings by Lenox offers a modern spin on floral. Instead of sporting an expected border of dainty flowers, each dish is splashed with one large bouquet of pretty blue blooms. These dishes, made of white bone china, are decorated with a variety of blue watercolor flowers, each set over a different geometrical design in the background.

Lenox, Watercolors Indigo Blue

Michael Wainwright, Truro Platinum

Michael Wainwright brings a bold new look to fine china with this Truro collection. He combines his history as both a sculptor and a jeweler to craft place settings that can be matched by no other. Each piece is hand-sculpted and decorated in pure platinum. Some pieces, such as the salad bowl and tea saucer, are dipped entirely in platinum to create a look that's unique to his pieces.

Michael Wainwright, Truro Platinum

Charter Club, Grand Buffet Platinum Silhouette

Nothing says modern china like a square plate. These dainty dishes, made of porcelain, are banded in platinum. Each piece is adorned with thin brushstrokes depicting a fun and light-hearted platinum floral scene. For a playful twist, mix and match pieces from Charter Club's matching set made with round dishes.

Charter Club, Grand Buffet Platinum Silhouette

Wedgwood, Pashmina Collection

The Pashmina Collection from Wedgwood puts a modern spin on a vintage design. The earthy brown, orange and gold tones will complement most warm decors, while the gold bands edging each piece give the set a touch of class.

Wedgdewood, Pashmina Collection

Kate Spade New York, Belle Boulevard

Kate Spade dresses up every meal with a whimsical platinum bow gracing the edge of each piece in this collection. Every piece is banded with a platinum ring, a final touch that's just enough for this set, perfect for any occasion.

Kate Spade New York, Belle Boulevard

Make a note

When choosing your china pattern, remember that it should last. Pick a pattern with neutral colors to match any decor and a design you won't grow tired of.

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